Shafer Vineyards, Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

RRP £129

A cool year, but ‘I’ve never seen such pretty clusters,’ says Shafer, who’s not a fan of this vintage. A really classic Cabernet nose: the first aroma is hay, then plum skin, then a rather washed palate. Hard, rather unforgiving tannins at end – very reserved and austere. This is an outlier. Of course we want freshness, but Napa should bring perfume, and a certain lushness. Those are the qualities that we expect from Hillside Select. Then again, terroir is weather, as well as rock and wind, so if this is what the vintage brings, then you should be true to it.

Score

Wine Details

Colour

Red

Wine Style

Still

Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon

Drink dates

2020 - 2030

Origin

Country

USA

Region

California

Sub-region

Napa Valley AVA

Area

Stags Leap District AVA

Tasting Information

Blind

No

Tasted by

Adam Lechmere

UK Stockist

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